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MU Homecoming “Bloat”
Midwest Region, October 24, 2009
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Columbia FWCO with MU School of Natural Resources Alumni aboard the Phoenix at the University of Missouri-Columbia homecoming parade. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Columbia FWCO with MU School of Natural Resources Alumni aboard the Phoenix at the University of Missouri-Columbia homecoming parade. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

For the third straight year the Columbia FWCO has provided our largest trawl boat the “Phoenix” for the University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources Alumni Association in the MU Homecoming parade.  Adam McDaniel with the help of STEP student Nick Cole from the Columbia FWCO agreed to drive the boat float, referred to by the MU alumni as the “Bloat”, in the homecoming parade.  The alumni decorated and rode the “Bloat” through the parade and passed out candy to eager children along the route.  Alumni also provided parade goers with soothing sounds of their duck and goose calls.  

The parade was a huge success with one hundred fifty-nine entries, perfect weather and an endless array of onlookers with frequent comments such as “that’s a BIG boat”.  Parents and children appeared to be impressed by our massive trawl boat rolling through the parade. 

Columbia FWCO employs multiple former MU students and provides work experience for STEP students from MU every summer.  The MU School of Natural Resources Alumni Association was extremely grateful for the use of the “Bloat”.  Although, we probably won’t be changing the name of the Phoenix any time soon, we hope to participate again next year and into the future.  This is a great long term partnership with MU School of Natural Resources and is identified in the Partnership and Accountability Goal of the Fisheries Program Vision for the future.

Adam McDaniel


Contact Info: Adam McDaniel, 573-445-5001 ex 26, adam_mcdaniel@fws.gov



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